tv KPIX 5 News Early Edition CBS May 8, 2014 4:30am-5:01am PDT
>> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. nearly 4:30. i guess it's friday eve. >> that's right! it is pre-friday right now and it's looking good. we have some cloud out there right now. a slight chance of a couple of light sprinkles or drizzle in the bay area. but this weekend, oh, moms are going to be happy! we'll talk about that coming up. >> mother nature -- >> oh, that's good. >> i couldn't think of the word. >> golden gate bridge traffic, everything looks great right now heading from marin county into san francisco. my producer says a lot of overnight roadwork, i'll tell you where it is. >> you were speechless. >> a little brain fog at 4:30. [ laughter ] >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. we begin this morning with breaking news in sunnyvale. firefighters are battling a two- alarm mobile home fire at cape cod village. the large park is on berregas avenue. it started around 2 a.m. at one point units next to the involved structure were threatened but firefighters were able to contain the flames. two people were rescued.
and there are no reports of injuries. happening today, president obama returns to the silicon valley for a couple of democratic party fundraisers. he will arrive at moffett field this afternoon and attend a phraser at a private home in los altos. later he will attend a reception at the fairmont in san jose. as betty yu reports, the president's only public appearance will be tomorrow at a mountain view walmart. reporter: electric car charging stations and l.e.d. lights are a few ways walmart says it's saving energy and that's what's bringing president obama to this mountain view walmart on friday. >> he doesn't visit the west coast often so for him to visit us here would be a great honor. >> i think it's bizarre that he was coming to walmart. but i mean, i shop here because i'm a college student and i have to afford to eat. >> reporter: the president is expected to talk about energy efficiency. walmart says that it's committed to leading the green energy movement. >> i would rather he come and talk about a living wage. i mean, energy efficiency is great. but if you can't afford to
drive from here to work, what's the point? >> reporter: labor unions blame the president, arguing that his visit to a walmart sends a bad message to workers across america. walmart has been criticized for not paying their workers very well. >> the people that are waiting on me when i'm at walmart, the workers that are there, don't make the money to even live in this area. >> reporter: betty yu, kpix 5. >> more than 150 people have been arrested in a federal crackdown on synthetic drugs. since january, the dea has conducted raids in 29 states including california. the designer drugs are marketed with names like bizzarro, spice and sunbird. they have affects similar to drugs like marijuana and ecstasy but may have deadly consequences. >> good parents are losing good kids because they just tried it once or twice and now they're dead. >> among the facilities rated was a warehouse in millbrae, which was raided. much of the profit goes to
jordan, lebanon, syria and yemen. the bus hit a bump and the impact broke the back of a passenger. the accident cost ac transit $15 million. kpix 5's christin ayers reports it is the biggest payout the bus company has ever made. reporter: from a security camera on board an ac transit bus, you can see the impact. the number 76 bus hit this speed bump so hard that maria francisco is violently jolted out of her seat and slammed back into it. [ screaming ] >> go to the hospital! >> reporter: other passengers rushed to her side but the driver seems to have little sympathy threatening maria with prosecution if she is faking. >> i'm going to tell you one thing now, y'all faking i'm telling you know they gonna prosecute y'all. >> i'm not faking! >> reporter: when the driver does call, she warns maria again. >> said you need ambulance, you know you got to pay for it.
>> i cannot believe ac transit allows their employees to act this way. >> reporter: maria's attorney says the driver was going at least 30 in a 15-mile-an-hour school zone. the force was so strong it caused a burst fracture of one of maria's vertebrae. >> she took forces of over 1,000 pounds which is the equivalent of someone striking you with a sledgehammer. >> reporter: the driver dolly gilmore wasn't home when we knocked but her daughter said dolly is good at her job. >> she's a good driver. >> reporter: bus company lawyers argued that maria was in fact faking but a jury awarded her $14.3 million for pain, suffering, legal fees and lost wages and her young daughter who was with her a million dollars more. and what about dolly the bus driver? she's still on the job. christin ayers, kpix 5. >> ac transit is not saying whether the driver will be disciplined. the agency is considering its next move now in that case.
it's 4:34. lawrence, we liked you yesterday because of the weather. >> i think you'll love me over the weekend. today not so much. [ laughter ] a lot of clouds are onshore now moving on in. a weak cold front slides through. that will bring with it at least a slight chance of some drizzle, maybe some light sprinkles outside and you can see a lot of that moisture headed up into farn northern california but here on doppler radar showing you a couple of sprinkles trying to develop out there. nothing being reported just yet but that could change. mostly cloudy out over the bay but the cloud cover the temperatures running a little more mild today in the 50s outside. by the afternoon a whole lot of clouds slight chance of some sprinkles, highs generally in the 50s and the 60s, maybe some low 70s well inland. all right. let's check the roads with elizabeth. we got an issue already in san francisco. this is southbound 280 approaching monterey boulevard. one lane is blocked. we are actually seeing a lot of slowdowns on our sensors. ignore that 65 miles per hour. i think that's traveling in the northbound direction but if you check out the color sensors,
the yellow and red ones there are some delays again approaching that monterey boulevard exit. here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. obviously looks really good right now coming into san francisco. they still have those two lanes blocked off incline to the tunnel. it's also "bike to work" day so we'll tell you more about that coming up. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. new this morning, feds say railroads have to let state emergency officials know when large shipments of crude oil are on the tracks. it's an emergency order for the transportation -- from the transportation department. the department also urges railroads not to use older model tanker cars that can easily rupture. earlier this year, kpix 5 found trains loaded with bakken crude oil were moving through richmond. it is 4:36 now. happening later today, the cell phone kill switch bill that he was defeated in the state senate will go up for a vote again today but this time as andria borba reports, the bill has been revised and now has the support of apple. >> just in the past couple of
days, apple has now removed its opposition as has microsoft just today removed its opposition. reporter: sb962 failed by two votes in the state senate and will hit the floor again for reconsideration. >> it's a serious public safety issue. and i have defined it a a crime of convenience. we can end the convenience. we can end the crime. >> reporter: police say that 70 to 80% of all robberies in san francisco and oakland are smartphone-related. 17 state senators including jim bell from san jose opposed leno's bill. this is what he had to say about the vote last week. >> i received a lot of comments from battered women's center. they had concerns about the privacy issue and be able to prevent somebody from stalking. >> reporter: we caught up with constituents in his district who don't like the way he voted. >> i feel that, you know, he shouldn't have voted against it because, you know, everybody needs the kill switch on their phones just in case your phone gets lost or stolen people can
access your data, your email and go take it to a store and get it cracked open so i think it's a perfect thing to do. >> reporter: the bill has been amended at the request of microsoft to exclude tablets. andria borba, kpix 5. new this morning, federal authorities may join the search for a cal fire chief wanted for the murder of his fiancee. wanted posters are up all over california and in four other states for 55-year-old oroville fleming. he is accused of killing 26- year-old sarah douglas near sacramento a week ago. he abandon his cal fire truck nearby but kept the keys. that means he has access to remote cal fire facilities across the state. >> all those things that a survivalist or an outdoorsman type of person like we know he is can actually survive and hide much o longerhis friends and family. that's how drastic the appearance change has been in the past. >> fleming may be armed with two pistols and he could have cuts on his hands.
well, a big fire shut down an east bay freeway ramp for about 2 hours yesterday afternoon. the fire burned about 100 plastic recycling bins that were underneath the interstate 80 university avenue off-ramp over in berkeley. the cause of that fire is still under investigation. we have developing news on the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in northeastern nigeria. marlie hall reports, the group responsible for the abduction is now linked to more violence. reporter: president obama told guests at a fundraiser in california that the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in nigeria is one of the many stories that shows the problems the world still faces decades after the holocaust. >> we have not yet extinguished man's darkest impulses. >> reporter: the first lady also joined a worldwide twitter movement called bring #bringbackourgirls to get the girls back. others in the international community are also speaking out calling for more action from
the nigerian including the pakistani schoolgirl show the for supporting education of women. >> this is my feeling that this will happen more and more. if you want to stop it, then we have to speak. >> reporter: the terrorist group boko haram has claimed responsibility and vowed to sell the girls into slavery. [ chanting ] >> reporter: distraught parents blamed nigeria's president goodluck jonathan for failing to act. >> finding my daughter or our daughters lies in the hands of the government. >> reporter: a small team from the u.s. is expected to arrive in nigeria sometime in the next few days to help find and negotiate the release of the girls. marlie hall, cbs news. >> the nigerian government has been criticized for a slow response to the kidnappings. world leaders are arriving in nairobi for a meeting designed to attract foreign investment
in nigeria. there is a last-minute scramble in contra costa county in hopes of preventing a hospital from shutting its doors. doctors medical center appears doomed after voters failed to approve measure c a parcel tax measure in the west contra costa county healthcare district. the 140-bed hospital in san pablo has the largest emergency room in the western part of the country. >> unfortunately, the county doesn't have $18 million to take over the hospital because what that would do is cause the county to have to cut its own health services. >> it's a lot of people that ain't gonna have nowhere to go. that's gonna be really bad. >> hospital has been losing about $1.5 million per month. if the district board can't come up with a solution, the hospital will close this summer. time now 4:41. the organization tasked with taking care of our vets is under scrutiny. the allegations against veteran affairs that already has some out of jobs. >> one minute he was a normal 7- year-old, the next he was so
mississippi last week: this surveillance cameras caught an incredible scene when a deadly tornado barreled through mississippi last week. this video from a preschool playground. everything just gets tossed in the air. so much debris was whipping around it was difficult to figure out what we're looking at. you can see the power of the storm. this is what it looked like not even a minute after -- the thing in the top right corner of your screen used to be a slide. on capitol hill a house committee will meet regarding allegations of mismanagement at u.s. veterans hospitals. committee members will considering issuing a subpoena for more information from a phoenix hospital. critics say about 0 veterans have died there while waiting for care, 40 veterans died. the nation's largest veterans group the american legion wants
the veterans affairs secretarier removed -- secretary to be removed. >> he has placed several people on leave. five other va hospitals are under scrutiny. some children have a mysterious brain illness that triggers psychotic violent compulsive behavior but it's tough to diagnose. juliette goodrich introduces us to one family who fought hard to make their doctor believe their son was not well. >> our son was, you know, a fairly normal kid. >> reporter: and today, at the age of 12 -- >> this is -- >> reporter: paul michael appears to be just that. normal. [ screaming ] >> reporter: but in 2009, when paul michael turned 7, unexplained psychotic episodes began. >> in the night, he was tearing up the flooring. he took a knife to the office door. >> reporter: the nelsons
videotaped one of his many episodes because some doctors didn't believe them. >> he was flopping around on his knees barking like a dog. >> reporter: over the past five years, paul michael has been hospitalized 50 times. removed from the by police 28 times and received inpatient treatment for two years. >> all of a sudden our kid is an angel in the christmas play to what you just saw. >> reporter: at the time, there was no name for it. test after test after test and still no diagnosis. then finally a blood test came back positive the diagnosis, "pans," pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. and doctors here at stanford say it is not a psychiatric problem, it's a medical condition. they started aggressive medical treatment immediately. >> we discovered that he actually had an auto-immune disease attacking his blood and blood vessels.
>> reporter: a doctor at stanford says "pans" is an auto- immune disease that attacks the brain. >> maybe about 14 to 40% of the cases we think [ indiscernible ] the rest we don't know. >> reporter: and now a clinic at stanford has been devoted to "pans" research. a new frontier in medicine. and for the past 7 months with treatment, paul michael is much better. a normal day is a good day. in palo alto, juliette goodrich, kpix 5. >> the syndrome is so new, doctors are still trying to figure out how many children it affects. we would like to hear from you. join the conversation on our facebook page. happening today, it's annual "bike to work" day. >> the event's roots go back to the 1950s when the league of american bicyclists decided to promote cycling as a form of transportation. here in the bay area events are planned in a few cities and in some cases, there are energizer
stations offering free food and coffee. if we didn't bike, could we still go? >> did karnow bike to work today? >> it took me two hours to get in today and there was no traffic. >> salinas is a long way away! >> took a long time to get here. got some changes today. there's a slight chance we could see sprinkles or a little drizzle. got some clouds moving overhead. it is a mostly cloudy start to the day. our hi-def doppler radar picking up some moisture in the atmosphere not all of it hitting the ground but things are changing for today. those clouds will continue to roll on through keeping things a little bit unsettled. mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon. possibility of a couple of sprinkles, not much, and then offshore winds kick in. you know what? it is going to be a spectacular weekend. and especially on mother's day. high pressure off the coastline you have this weak system sliding over the top of that ridge. so really not the best scenario to squeeze out any rain, just a slight chance of some showers amend a lot of cloud outside. more chances of rain north of
the city. cloudy in lake tahoe, 64 monterey bay. computer models picking up on the system. not a whole lot of energy with it as it slides on by but maybe sprinkles into tonight. latter part of friday looking good. temperatures will be cooler today. 60s maybe low 70s to the south. east bay up to 68 in pleasanton, 67 in pleasant hill, inside the bay cooler, 62 in san francisco, and 59 in daly city. next couple of days return to sunshine but look at this weekend! moms are going to love this. plenty of sunshine coming your way on sunday. getting hot next week, liz. >> look at that. nice streak of sunshine. thanks, lawrence. and outside we go. for the most part we're doing okay, the big picture. no major incidents out there but we do have roadwork in lanes including up and down the eastshore freeway. so they have been doing this roadwork project for a while, but this morning westbound 80 pinole to central, caltrans told us earlier three left lanes blocked until 5:00. if it's not cleared yet, it
will be shortly. bart is on time so far, so good for all those trains systemwide. they should have more than 20 by now. and right now here's a live look outside. the san mateo bridge, the right side of your screen commute direction westbound 92 the drive time still holding steady 13 minutes out of hayward between 880 and 101 and all your most popular drive times for this time of the morning are so far in the clear including westbound 580 from the altamont pass and 680. they were doing a lot of overnight roadwork overnight especially eastbound across the richmond/san rafael bridge. you can actually still see some flashing lights out there. looks like though for the most part everything is cleared heading eastbound into richmond. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." frank, michelle, back to you guys. >> okay, liz. thank you. 4:50. linkedin is expanding its network again. the tech giant's massive new sunnyvale complex is about to open. and linkedin just filed some new papers with the city of mountain view for headquarters expansion of more than 2.5 million square feet there. by the way that's enough space
for 10,000 workers. >> that kind of economic growth is what powers this part of the bay area. >> when you get these really big companies like google and linkedin and stuff, it kind of pushes out the little guys. to me, i think there should be a limit to that kind of stuff. >> linkedin has no comment saying the plans are preliminary. meanwhile, it does continue to grow though. it has more than 50,000 employees worldwide, half in the silicon valley. time now 4:51. clippers owner donald sterling's racist comments got him banned from the nba for life. even though he is being forced to sell the team, why the sterling name could stick. >> the big cat caught roaming in mountain view is back on the loose. why the fear has been downgraded though. we'll explain when we come back. ,,,,
all right. let's fly around the bay area. mostly cloudy start to the day. we are going to see plenty of clouds all day long even a slight chance of drizzle, maybe some light sprinkles. temperatures cooler today. a lot of 60s into the south bay. maybe just squeezing out a few low 70s. but yeah, it will be cooler outside today and lots of clouds throughout the day. in the east bay, we'll find mostly cloudy skies this morning continuing on and off throughout the day temperatures in the 60s couple low 70s toward antioch and brentwood and then to the north bay i think a better chance of a couple of raindrops there. temperatures will be cooler only about 65 degrees in santa rosa. 64 in petaluma. headed to san francisco today, we'll keep you cool, temperature of 62 degrees. and checking road conditions outside, southbound 280 at monterey, it sounds like that accident is now finally cleared out but we are seeing slow traffic southbound. so more on that and the rest of the drive to work coming up. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. south korean prosecutors say they detained the president
of the company that owns the ferry that sank last month. investigators think improper stowage and overloading of cargo could have tribute to the accident that left more than 300 dead or missing. 19 other company employees have been arrested. well, the estranged wife of donald sterling says she intends to remain the owner of the l.a. clippers. shelley sterling and her representatives spoke with the "l.a. times" yesterday. she said the sanctions against her husband donald sterling should not apply to her or her family. reactions among the fans are mixed. >> no wife, no children, in my opinion, i feel like we need to step in and just cut all ties with donald sterling, hit refresh. >> as long as the players and everybody else associated with the team are okay with it, i'm okay with it. >> the nba banned donald sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million because of a racist comment he made. the league is now trying to force him to sell the team. a mountain lion is back in the wild this morning after he wandered into a mountain view
apartment complex. the big cat known as 46m was captured and tranquilized tuesday. he is part of a research project at uc-santa cruz. the biologist who put a tracking collar on him in january was the same man who tranquilized the big cat. >> there we see him cross 280, then the los altos hills, and then he starts, you know, moving around into downtown mountain view. >> biologists say the mountain lion is now off to find a new home and a mate. it is 4:56. the kill switch bill makes its way back to the senate floor today. coming up, we'll explain what's changed this time around that makes supporters confident it will pass. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
maria francisco is violently jolted out of her seat. >> now the speed bump is causing ac transit $15 million. >> a kill switch soon could be commonplace on cell phones allowing you to disable it in case anybody steals it. >> a serious public safety issue and i have defined it as a crime of convenience. we can end the convenience, we can end the crime. >> he doesn't usually visit the west coast often so for him to come visit us over here would be an honor. >> president obama arrives in the bay area today. tonight he is the guest of honor at a private fundraiser and tomorrow he will be at a mountain view walmart. >> feds say railroads have to let state emergency officials know when large shipments of crude oil are on the tracks. it's an emergency order from the transportation department. >> from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. captions by: caption colorado firstname.lastname@example.org good morning. it's thursday, may 8. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. nearly 5:00. for weather and traffic, we kick it off with mr. lawrence karnow.
>> a lot of clouds this morning even a chance we could squeeze out a few light sprinkles. a little drizzle. otherwise, yeah, it's going to be a cooler day ahead. those clouds making their way into northern california sliding in across the bay area. and well, going to keep things a little unsettled. hi-def doppler radar picking up a little bit of moisture none of it hitting the ground yet. but that could change throughout the day. mostly cloudy out over the bay and because of the clouds it's a little more mild today. temperatures in the 50s although sneaking down to the 49-degree range in santa rosa. this afternoon cloudy, cooler, 65 in fremont. about 62 in san francisco. and 67 degrees in san rafael. all right. let's check the roads with elizabeth. thank you, lawrence. outside we go to southbound 280. the san francisco crash is cleared. i mentioned all lanes are now back open. unfortunately, there are some good size delays not quite to 101 but you will hit a bit of a backup so if you are trying to pick between the two, 101 is a better option. bay bridge toll a